Harwich is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 12,188 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Harwich is the 154th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Harwich are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harwich is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harwich is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harwich who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), sales jobs (14.24%) and management occupations (10.32%).
Another notable thing is that Harwich is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Harwich’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Harwich has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Harwich a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Harwich is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The citizens of Harwich are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.52% of adults in Harwich have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Harwich in 2010 was $38,555, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,220 for a family of four. However, Harwich contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Harwich home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harwich residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harwich include Irish, English, Italian, German, Polish and French.
The most common language spoken in Harwich is English.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||5,358|
|HARWICH HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||80.90%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||19.10%|
|TYPE OF HARWICH HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||84.63%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||1.89%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||4.24%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||8.92%|
|SIZE OF HARWICH HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||5.45%|
|AGE OF HARWICH HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||8.35%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||47.35%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||27.98%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||16.32%|
|HARWICH REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$401,035|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,366|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $54,000||3.18%|
|$54,001 - $109,000||0.00%|
|$109,001 - $217,000||3.49%|
|$217,001 - $326,000||20.19%|
|$326,001 - $435,000||34.23%|
|$435,001 - $543,000||14.22%|
|$543,001 - $815,000||16.31%|
|$815,001 - $1,087,000||5.42%|
|PEOPLE OF HARWICH||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||3.95%|
|5 TO 17||11.32%|
|18 TO 24||7.78%|
|25 TO 34||8.04%|
|35 TO 54||24.78%|
|55 TO 64||16.49%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||27.65%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||93.24%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$67,332|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$38,555|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||7.26%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Retail (15.07%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (5.68%)
Public Service (5.44%)
Real estate (2.03%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||1.95%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.07%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.90%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||1.53%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||1.83%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||Irish (25.20%)
French Canadian (2.25%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (93.53%)
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